Nanaimo has vast tracts of green space – by the water, in the hills, and everywhere in between. See below for a nearly complete list of Nanaimo parks, hikes, and places.
If you're new in town, I highly recommend that you treat this page as your checklist of things to do in Nanaimo. And most of all, I insist that nobody should say "there's nothing to do in Nanaimo" until they've crossed some of these off of their list.
Parks and Places around Nanaimo
Hiking around Nanaimo
The beauty of this region stands out especially well from great heights. Hiking in Nanaimo is a rewarding way to spend a Sunday afternoon, or a Friday night!
Nanaimo is a big strip between ocean and mountain, which means you're never far from a trailhead. You don't really need to find out where they are; just head inland, and you'll hit the power lines that run the city's length. Follow them to a trail coming out of the second growth forest. Turn up this new trail, and you're guaranteed to end up on some lookout like Westwood Ridge, Roberts Roost or Mount Benson itself. (CAUTION: The Department of National Defense owns some of this land and access is strictly forbidden - be sure to educate yourself on the location, and obey all signage.)
Did you find anything new above? Any spots you hadn't been to? I'd love to hear from you. Tell me what you discovered.